Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do tankless water heaters work?
    • Tankless water heaters work “on demand”. In other words, when you call for hot water in your home, the unit kicks on and sends you the hot water as you requested. The unit only uses electricity when you ask for hot water; therefore, the average customer experiences savings of about 20% per month off their normal electric bill. Not to mention, you never run out of hot water with a tankless water heater. It is much smaller than a tank and mounts on the wall freeing up much needed space. Last, but certainly not least, it will never flood your home with 40+ gallons of water.
  2. What is the difference between tankless vs. tank anyhow?
    • Conventional Tank Problem:

      Thermal heat loss: 20-40 % of energy consumed by a traditional tank is wasted as heat is slowly lost due to radiant heat loss from the storage tank.

    • Tankless Solution:

      Reduce water heating costs as much as 60%! The GULFWAVE 2 is an on demand heater, since there is no hot water storage; thermal heat loss is completely eliminated.

    • Conventional Tank Problem:

      Limited Supply: Conventional heaters frequently run out of hot water after just 1-2 showers back to back. Then there is a wait period for recovery.

    • Tankless Solution:

      The GULFWAVE 2 will never run out of hot water. It could literally run all day long and you would have a continuous flow of hot water.

    • Conventional Tank Problem:

      Overheating: Most people set the temperature on the tanks in excess of what is safe to ensure they have more hot water. This not only wastes energy, but can run the risk of scalding, particularly with young children or the elderly.

    • Tankless Solution:

      The GULFWAVE 2 allows you to set the output temperature digitally (between 85 and 125 degrees) and you can change the temperature easily. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, for each 10 degree reduction in water temperature, you can save between 3%-5% in energy costs.

    • Conventional Tank Problem:

      The average life of a tank heater is between 7-10 years, which is a short life span. Often times, they decide to quit at the least convenient time and leave a huge mess of water and damage behind. The worst damage occurs in apartments, condos, mobile homes, and in homes where the water heater is in the attic.

    • Tankless Solution:

      The GULFWAVE 2 tankless system is designed to last a lifetime and is made with quality American parts and hand assembled. All electronic components are modular, meaning that they can be easily serviced.

    • Conventional Tank Problem:

      Bulky, cumbersome, and just think…they all end up in a landfill someday. They also take up a lot of space, particularly in mobile homes, apartments and condos.

    • Tankless Solution:

      The GULFWAVE 2 three element model is 17" wide and 16” high by 3” deep. It weighs in at 23 lbs. The two element model is 13.5" X 16" X 3". It weighs in at 19 lbs. Become part of the solution to our environment and conserve our natural resources by going tankless. Go tankless, Go green!

  3. What are the electrical requirements?
    • Each model has different capabilities and electrical requirements, please refer to the specifications page. These are whole house units that require 240V or 208V. If you live in a building with an elevator, check to see if you have 220V or 208V available to you. Many (but not all) buildings with elevators only offer 208V.
  4. What are the plumbing requirements?
    • You can install the GULFWAVE 2 at any home that uses copper, Galvanized, PVC, CPVC or pex plumbing. Please check your county for specific plumbing codes on installation.
  5. Does it require venting?
    • No, because it is electric, not gas, no venting is required. All gas heaters require an expensive venting system and require additional time to install, omitting harmful gases to our precious O-zone.
  6. Is the GULFWAVE 2 Tankless Water Heater safe?
    • Yes, the GULFWAVE 2 doesn’t have a tank with pressure to create potential explosions, no gas to omit carbon monoxide. There is no tank to rust out and leak.
  7. How much hot water will the GULFWAVE 2 deliver?
    • Each model has a different GPM delivery rate. Please refer to the specifications page to determine which model best fits your individual needs. We offer units to meet the needs of most homes and several commercial applications such as office buildings, churches, yachts, hotels, apartments, condominiums, restaurants, as well as health and beauty salons.
  8. Is it expensive/ how much does it cost?
    • You can find other tankless systems for less, however, with the GULFWAVE 2, we offer a high quality, American made, hand assembled, state of the art unit that is designed to last a lifetime. So when you factor in what it will cost to get one, be sure you factor in what you will be saving over a lifetime with this system. Our largest GULFWAVE 2 model would use a maximum of 113 amps. (Only if every application is in use simultaneously) Compare that to the electric requirements other tankless units need to operate and function. Don’t forget, you get what you pay for. The GULFWAVE 2 is the LAST water heater you will ever buy!

      Depending upon which model you choose, prices range from $940.00-$1080.00 Special volume pricing is available for contractors, builders and authorized dealers.
  9. Can I adjust the temperature?
    • Yes, all of our GULFWAVE 2 models come with a digital thermostat that can be easily adjusted up to 140 degrees.
  10. How much can I expect to save when I convert to a tankless water heating system?
    • A conventional water heater must keep 40-80 gallons of water heated between 120 degrees and 160 degrees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Now, compare that to how many minutes a day you actually turn on a hot water tap, shower, etc in your home. Remember that a tankless water heater is not running all day long…only when you call for hot water! This completely eliminates the standby energy losses from a conventional tank. What sets the GULFWAVE 2 apart from our competitors is the fact that the GULFWAVE 2 uses the least amount of energy to heat your water. This only adds to your potential electrical savings. Please visit the U.S Department of Energy website for additional unbiased factual information regarding potential savings. http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=12820
  11. What model or size tankless water system do I need for my home or business?
    • This depends on the number of bathrooms you have in the home and total incoming amperage at your main electric panel. Please check what your current electric service has and we can guide you in selecting the proper size that will best meet your needs. Gulf Coast Tankless Hot Water Of Clearwater, Inc. has a variety of models to accommodate any application you might need. Please refer to specifications page on each model. In homes that have two conventional water heaters, we recommend installing two tankless water heaters to replace them.
    • How long have tankless water heaters been available?

      Tankless water heaters have been used in Europe, Asia, and South America for over 60 years and are now becoming extremely popular in the U.S. as more people become concerned with environmental issues and energy and space savings. Tankless systems help preserve natural resources and deliver PURE hot water since it is not passing through a tank filled with sediment.

  12. Where are these units made?
    • The GULFWAVE 2 is manufactured and hand assembled in the USA.
  13. Please check the charts to view the unit specifications based on your geographic location, the number of bathrooms in your home, and what your specific hot water needs are. We offer several models and sizes. If you aren’t sure, just give us a call and we can guide you through the selection process. GULFWAVE 2 saves you money and space.